Teaches US spellings

Spelling Course

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Starter Course

Teaches all the basic phonic spelling rules using multi-sensory activities and tests. At the end of this course students will understand the basics of English spelling. Suitable for students aged six to adult.





Main Course

36 units based on phonics progression covering all English spelling rules including 'Rule breakers'. Suitable for students aged nine to adult.

Basic level

1 The basic 'Building Bricks' of the English language
2 Spelling the consonant sounds, Part 1
3 Spelling the consonant sounds, Part 2
4 Spelling the consonant digraphs, Part 1
5 Spelling the consonant digraphs, Part 2
5H A 'Beat the spellchecker!' test for words from Units 4 and 5
6 Short vowels, Part 1: a, e and i
Short vowels, Part 2: o and u
6H A 'Beat the spellchecker!' test for Unit 6 words
7 Long vowels, Part 1: a and e
Long vowels, Part 2: i, o and u
7H A 'Beat the spellchecker!' test for Unit 7 words
8 Syllables: how to divide words
9 Suffixes: why we need to double letters, change them or drop 'e'
10 Spelling choices for /ar/ sound; ar, al or a?
11 Spelling choices for /er/ sound: er, ir, ear or er
12 Spelling choices for /air/ sound: air, are or ear
12H A 'Beat the spellchecker!' test for words from Units 10, 11 and 12
13 Spelling choices for /oo/ sound: oo and ou
13H A 'Beat the spellchecker!' test for Unit 13 words
14 Spelling choices for /or/ sound: or, ore, au, aw and war
14H A 'Beat the spellchecker!' test for Unit 14 words
15 Spelling choices for /ou/ sound: ou or ow
16 Spelling choices for /oi/ sound: oi or oy


Intermediate level

17 ough and augh words
17H A 'Beat the spellchecker!' test for words from Units 15, 17
18 Irregular common words – common errors e.g. would, who, does
19 Soft g: ge, gi and gy words
20 Soft c: ce, ci and cy words
20H A 'Beat the spellchecker!' test for words from Unit 20
21 The i before e rule – does it work?
21H A 'Beat the spellchecker!' test for words from Unit 21
22 Words with silent letters e.g. wrap, comb, sign, knight
22H A 'Beat the spellchecker!' test for words from Unit 22
23 Prefixes: when letters need changing
24 The weak 'schwa' sound: stress in words


Advanced level

25 Word endings: -er, -ar, -or, -our, -re, -a and -ery,
26 Word endings: -le, and exceptions e.g. -al, -el, -ol
26H A 'Beat the spellchecker!' test for words from Units 25 and 26
27 Word endings: -able, -ible
28 Word endings: -tion, -cian, -sion
29 Word ending: -ous, -us
30 Words with ci and ti e.g. ancient, special, initial, gracious
31 Word endings:-ture, -tain, -ine
32 Word endings: -et, -ot, -ate, -ite
33 Word endings: -ant, -ent, -ance, -ence
33H A 'Beat the spellchecker!' test for words from Units 30 to 33
34 Adding suffixes to longer words – double or not?
35 A brief history of English spellings
36 British / American spelling differences

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